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Comprehensive microbial screening to identify new protein production candidate strains

A systematic, open-access, comprehensive analysis of novel microbial strains could drastically expand the available strains that can compete on flavor, efficiency, cost, and nutrition.

Production platform
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Solution category
  • Research
Value chain segment
  • R&D
Technology sector
  • Host strain development
Relevant actor
  • Academics
Maturity level
  • 1 – Inception

Description

A systematic, comprehensive analysis of novel microbial strains would drastically expand the opportunity landscape for fermentation-derived proteins. A similar analysis was conducted in the 1960-70s, leading to the commercialization of Fusarium venenatum. Half a century later, virtually no new microbial strains have been commercialized as high-protein human foods. Vastly more sophisticated analytical tools and genomic insights are now available, warranting renewed screening efforts in an open-access manner to identify novel microbial strains that can outperform existing strains on flavor, efficiency, cost, and nutrition.

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